I have been busy playing with wordpress plugins and I think I finally found everything I could possibly want on my blog that is worth the time to figure out how to use. Until next week, anyway.
So I thought I’d give you all a quick tour of my new and improved site so you know what is here and what you can do.
I now have a contact page. If you have a question, suggestion or something you feel you need to say to me and not necessarily the whole world, you can do so right here from my blog. Just click on “contact” under my header and fill out the nifty little form.
I now have threaded comments. My primary purpose for this blog is discussion, and I think this feature aids that purpose. This will allow you to respond either to the post in the normal fashion, or directly to individual comments. Just click “reply to this comment” and your comment will be put under that comment with a slight indent and shading to help track discussions. It will only thread three deep for the sake of legibility, but subsequent replies continue to be displayed under the comment with alternate shading. In IE, you will also see a little symbol that allows you to collapse comments as you read them. [
When you click "Comments," it will bump you to the start of the entry and you have to scroll back down to the comment section. Annoying. If anyone knows how to fix that, please help!! Thanks, Alex!]
You can now email links. Just click the “Share This” feature and type in the email address. I don’t know how often anyone ever uses that feature, but now I have it, too. I did have a neat plug in that allowed you to convert the post to a pdf document to print off, but it made the end of the post too messy.
I have an announcement feature. You probably really don’t care, but I thought I’d further justify the fact that I have spent two and a half hours on my blog without actually writing anything. I can’t even think of anything to announce. What kinds of things would you like to know?
- Random facts about my children?
- A recommended blog post?
- Notes from our nature journal?
- A mix?
Let me know. I’m sort of leaning towards featuring a blog post or two from my surfing, but I’m open to suggestions.
Other than that, consider this an open thread. Any plans for the weekend? How is homeschooling going? Reading any good books? Feel free to discuss this and more. And have fun with the threaded comments. I did, as anyone who subscribes to the comment feed might have noted.